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I got my initial green card (conditional) through marriage to a USC. The marriage ended in divorce before 2 years and I applied for I 751 good faith marriage waiver which was approved. Now I am applying for Citizenship. I strongly suspect that my ex spouse might have written a vindictive letter to the USCIS after my permanent green card (10 years) was approved claiming I married for green card. I also suspect that my ex spouse might have asked their family and/or friends to also write a vindictive letter to the USCIS claiming the same. There is no justification behind such allegations. They are completely baseless since it was a real marriage and I had tons of proof for it with the I 751 waiver application.

My question is that at this point when my I 751 good faith marriage waiver is approved, will letter(s) from my ex spouse and/or their family and friends will lead to reopening of my I 751 waiver and lead to denial of my Citizenship and revocation of my permanent (10 year) green card? Should I be worried and reconsider whether I should apply for citizenship. Is the risk of denial worth the effort of applying for Citizenship in this case?

Has/is anyone been in same situation?

Please advise.

Thank You

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Filed: Timeline

Oh one more thing...

My ex spouse did accuse my of marriage fraud, lying and cheating on them (again on baseless grounds) in the emails we shared. When I applied for good faith marriage waiver I did send love emails and hate emails including the ones with the accusations of fraud to the USCIS and they approved my permanent green card.

I am not sure if this information is helpful for you to help me out here.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

The preponderance of views here is that vindictive letters of this sort are pretty much dismissed as "sour grapes" by USCIS. If someone knows of an exception, it would be good to hear about it.

If you're ultra-concerned, you might set an InfoPass appointment and inquire.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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you can submit a foia request to get everything in your file, however this will take from 6-12 months and it will put your pending cases on hold.

if you wanna just apply for citizenship right now, my advice take all the evidence you have about the good faith marriage with you to the interview. You will be asked why the marriage ended just tell them the truth. Don't volunteer with extra information if they didn't ask you, for example don't tell them if your ex send them about his claims of sham marriage, etc. Again, uscis is aware that sometime when the marriage fails the usc spouse will claim fraud marriage. However, they may give you some more scrutiny, so be prepared with evidence and counter proof of your ex claims.

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day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.


day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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